People: Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (ARE)
18 Dec 2013
Dr. Maria C. Freire, Ph.D., has been appointed as Independent Director of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., effective April 20, 2012. In 2008, Dr. Freire became the President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a non-profit organization that bestows the Lasker Awards in basic and clinical science and advocates for medical research. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Freire served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, a non-profit organization that develops better, faster-acting, and affordable drugs to fight tuberculosis. She directed the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1995 to 2001 and served as commissioner of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health. Dr. Freire obtained her B.S. degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Virginia and completed post-graduate work in immunology and virology at the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, the Board of the GAVI Alliance, and the International Steering Committee of the Instituto Carlos Slim de la Salud. Her awards include the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, The Arthur S. Flemming Award, and The Bayh-Dole Award. Dr. Freire is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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